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Carrington College Launches New Trades Education Center in Phoenix Focusing on Local Demand for Skilled Trade Professionals

February 27, 2020
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The communities we serve at Carrington College benefit from our focus on outcome-based learning and the ability to adapt to their changing needs. Faculty, administrators and staff are committed to helping students develop specific vocational knowledge and skills, as well as achieving the core student learning outcomes in information management, technical literacy and professional development.

That is why we are proud to announce an entirely new Trades Education Center in Phoenix which will offer three skilled trade programs including Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R). We are excited to expand our program offerings beyond the medical, dental, veterinary and criminal justice fields to prepare students for exciting careers in the industrial trades.

For example, the employment of HVAC-R mechanics and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers. At Carrington College we understand the need for professional, career-focused instruction, to help address this growing demand for skilled trade professionals. Commercial and residential HVAC-R systems have become increasingly complex, and as a result, more employers are preferring applicants with postsecondary education and those who have completed an apprenticeship, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration certificate program is approximately 40 weeks in length or 64 weeks in length (degree) and prepares students to work in the heating and cooling industry. Training focuses on theories of heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning. Students study the operation, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial equipment. The program culminates in a certificate of achievement or an associate of science degree (online) in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

The Industrial Maintenance Technology certificate program is approximately 30 weeks in length or 66 weeks for the combined certificate and degree-completion program. It is designed to provide fundamental, hands-on training in industrial systems and equipment as students will study the basic principles, applications, concepts, and functions of hydraulic systems, bearing and seal types, and power transmission components. Practical instruction is provided with industry-standard equipment and software. The program culminates in a certificate of achievement or an associate of science degree (online) in Industrial Maintenance Technology.

The Electrical Technology certificate program is approximately 40 weeks in length or 64 weeks in length (degree) and provides a framework of electrical knowledge and skills that can be adapted in the electrical trade industry. The program prepares students for employment in numerous electrical and related trades. Students will learn to install, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and systems in a safe, competent, and professional manner. The program culminates in a certificate of achievement or an associate of science degree (online) in Electrical Technology.

“We are excited to launch the Trades Education Center as Carrington College is in a unique position to help students build their careers and provide local businesses with a skilled labor force,” said Campus Director, Frank Marranzini. “There is a growing demand for skilled workers and this includes electrical, HVAC and industrial maintenance technicians. These new career-focused programs will expand our services beyond the medical, dental, veterinary and criminal justice fields,” added Marranzini. “We are pleased to support the industrial trades and the same Phoenix community that has supported us for nearly 40 years.”

The new Trades Education Center marks a historic milestone for Carrington College and will address the growing demand for skilled trade professionals. We are committed to student achievement with a skills-based approach to education. With a focus on retention, career services and academic performance, our graduates are highly qualified and motivated to enter the workforce. We are honored to be a part of the Phoenix community and proud to offer these new industrial trade programs that will enhance the life of the community through the success of our students for years to come.

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